Please attend the regular County Road Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, October 19th, to voice your opinion on the public portion of the Kennecott Expressway. It will begin at 6:30 pm, at the Commission office in Ishpeming. (Turn right at Ralph’s Deli). There will be a shuttle bus from SWUP for the first eight people who indicate interest leaving at 6:00pm.
Review: Public hearing minutes (DRAFT copy) below the map.
Map of the Kennecott Expressway:
Marquette County Road Commission
Public Hearing Minutes (DRAFT COPY):
September 28, 2009
DRAFT: Minutes are subject to change and will be considered for approval at the 10/19/09 meeting
Proceedings of a public hearing of the Board of County Road Commissioners of Marquette County, Michigan held on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. EST at the Ishpeming Township Hall.
Present: Darryll Sundberg, Chairperson David Hall, Vice Chairperson; Neil Anderson, Member; Joseph Valente, Member and Russell Williams, Member
In Attendance: Jim Iwanicki, Mary Herman, Kurt Taavola, Roger Crimmins, Frank Lorsbach, Al Feldhauser, Mark Holmes, John Meier, Ken Wooley, William Malmsten, Harvey Moore, Cynthia Pryor, Kristi Mills, Jim Nankervis, Richard Sloat, Chuck Brumleve, Dave Allen, Robert Rivera, Nick Taseris, Molly Taseris, Jon Koski and Lisa Brogan.
Call Meeting to Order/Pledge of Allegiance:
Commissioner Sundberg opened the meeting at 6 p.m. and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Public Hearing: Woodland Road:
Jim Iwanicki introduced the Woodland Road project as a culmination of several entities. He stated that the Marquette County Road Commission has received plans and written documentation regarding this road and there will be two categories of roadway – public and private. He stated that the purpose of the Marquette County Road Commission public hearing is to discuss only the public portion of the roadway.
Mr. Iwanicki said the Marquette County Road Commission will not take action on the road plans but will receive public comment on County Road CV, FY (1/2 mile) and the AAD intersection. In all, the public road portion is approximately 3 ¼ miles. He reported that the proposed roadway plans, for the most part, meet the Marquette County Road Commission road standards for All Season roads. Plans for the public road portions were made available for the attendees and were then reviewed by Jim Iwanicki.
Chairperson Sundberg discussed the Marquette County Road Commission policy on public comment and conduct and opened this portion of the public hearing to public comment.
Chuck Brumleve, KBIC Baraga asked about requirements when filing a mining permit for public roads. Jim Iwanicki stated that it is not normal procedure to do so and stressed the fact that the Marquette County Road Commission is treating Kennecott as he would any developer.
Richard Sloat asked about the flow of traffic and signage for the County Roads. Jim Iwanicki stated that some private roads may have the right of way but a full analysis will be done prior to posting signs on the roads.
Harvey Moore asked about weight restrictions on the proposed roadway.
William Malmsten, UP Environmental Coalition, commented and asked about public access on the road; specifically, allowing access to the Yellowdog Plains and he read a statement on behalf of the UP Environmental Coalition in the interest of preserving the wildlife.
Cynthia Pryor asked if the Marquette County Road Commission would be waiting for the DEQ permits to be approved prior to proceeding with the road approval.
Steve Garsky asked how much is new roadway in the Melvin Creek to the Triple A. Jim Iwanicki said he didn’t know at this time.
William Malmsten asked about traffic regulations being upheld, permission for placement of gates and what will happen to the private road portion when the mine is closed. Jim Iwanicki replied that traffic regulations will be upheld on the public road portion, but are under the jurisdiction of the law enforcement community, gates will not be allowed on the public road portions and Marquette County Road Commission will maintain the public road portion.
Jim Iwanicki stated that the Marquette County Road Commission will not directly see an increase in money with the approval of Woodland Road. He said the indirect benefit to the Marquette County Road Commission will come from gas sales and the percentage of the tax that the Road Commission will receive. He then discussed the proposed road and shoulder measurements.
Jon Koski asked about bridges and mitigation of wetlands. He suggested the mitigation be used in Michigamme Township. Jim Iwanicki stated that the DEQ would deal with wetlands on the public as well as the private roadways. It was then asked if the DEQ funding for mitigation would be affected by the State when the new budget is approved.
John Saari asked how Woodland Road is being funded.
Jim Iwanicki discussed the standards based on subdivision development and the Marquette County Road Commission driveway policy since a private road coming into a public is considered a “driveway”.
Steve Garsky asked permits were needed or given for blasting the hills in that area.
Kristi Mills questioned the treatment of this project as the “same” as any other development considering the size. Jim Iwanicki stated that he is following the
Marquette County Road Commission process for road approval. Ms. Mills expressed her concern that Woodland Road would be a “road to nowhere”.
Robert Rivera also questioned the Marquette County Road Commission treatment of every developer as the “same”, without consideration of the end result of the development. He stressed his concern with contamination and public safety. Jim Iwanicki restated that Marquette County Road Commission has to consider traffic, trucks using the road and the safety of the traveling public. The end destination is not a considering factor in the road approval process.
Cynthia Pryor stated her concern with public safety and asked if there were any alternatives. Jim Iwanicki stated that he has reviewed the report and plans and has found this alternative the safest.
A question regarding the Road Commission being liable for cleanup was asked. Jim Iwanicki stated that the Road Commission is liable for cleanup on the roadway if the responsible party is not found.
Robert Rivera asked the Board to consider the issue of morals in this case.
Further concerns regarding road construction, liability and bonding with the contractor took place.
After discussion regarding speed studies, appropriate signing of speed limits, precautionary signs and AASHTO standards for road construction, the Board was urged to not make a decision until all permits for the mine have been received and approved.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Lisa Brogan, Board Secretary